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Explosives classes are generally taught in mining departments at universities because that is where 95% of US explosives consumption (6 billion pounds per year) is used. The Missouri S&T Mining engineering department leads the field in explosives education in the United States with the first explosives emphasis in the nation in 1997. The department has a long tradition for teaching explosives courses which in recent years has increased significantly due to student and industry demand. New in fall 2005 the first explosives minor offered in the nation, plus both undergraduate and post graduates certificates in explosives engineering for those who do not want to do a full degree.
Available course topics include:
Basic class in explosives engineering
Advanced explosives engineering class
Commercial pyrotechnics operations
Stage pyrotechnics and special effects
Electronic firing systems for pyrotechnics (NEW)
Environmental controls for blasting
Instrumentation for explosives and blasting
Underground construction and tunneling
Special problems (in energetic materials)
Many classes are offered in conjunction with industry partners and the majority of classes are heavily hands on. Several of these classes use the Missouri S&T explosives and blasting facilities such as the Missouri S&T Experimental Mine and explosives testing laboratory. The Commercial Pyrotechnics, Special Effects and Building Demolition classes are the first of their kind offered for college credit in the United States. Missouri S&T is committed to further expand it's faculty and offerings in this area.
In addition a select number of these classes are offered on line for professionals in jobs and locations where it is prohibitive to attend regular classes at Missouri S&T.
For further information on what the Missouri S&T mining engineering program has to offer in the explosives area, email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Additional information, literature and sampler CD’s and DVD are available on request to interested students.
On site classes, camps and courses involve the handling of explosives and therefore are covered by the Safe Explosives Act of 2002. As such on site programs are limited to US residents. For full details of person prohibited by the Safe Explosives Act see http://www.atf.gov/press/fy03press/112902mining.htm and http://www.atf.gov/explarson/safexpact/documents/generalqa.pdf